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Village Stirring It Up For The 4th

Stewart Manor rolls out plans for annual event

There are a lot of things that Stewart Manor does right. One thing in particular is how the village celebrates our nation’s birthday. For it, Stewart Manor has begun prepping and approved the list of street closings for the parade route at its recent board of trustees meeting.

The annual 4th of July Fire Department Parade is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. on at the corner of Stewart Ave and Fernwood Terrace North. Marchers will then proceed throughout the village along Covert Ave, Salisbury Ave, Dover Parkway, Cambridge Ave and Tulip Ave before returning to village hall.

The day’s festivities will conclude with a public barbecue in the municipal lot near village hall. From 11 a.m. till 3:30 p.m., attendees will be able to enjoy a live performance by His Boy Elroy and plenty of burgers and hot dogs. The barbecue will also feature children’s entertainment in the form of face painting, a dunk tank, and inflatable rides and slides. Fire department hats and t-shirts will also be sold.

“The residents line the streets with water balloons and squirt guns and soak the fireman as they walk the street on the parade route,” explains Fire Chief Tom Skinner. “It’s a great time for everyone from the kids to the grandparents.”

There will also be a special moment honoring the armed forces at the barbecue this year. The Stewart Manor Fire Department started participating in Operation Wounded Warrior ten years ago this July and will be receiving a plaque from the organization.

Deputy Mayor Michael Onorato gave a brief report of the village’s finances later in the meeting. The fiscal year that began in June 2013 ended this past Saturday, May 31. The village has taken in $2,381,802.79 in revenue with $2,422,468 in expenditures as of April 30. “Right now it looks like we’re running right on target,” Onorato said, although the finalized statements won’t be available until July. The board hopes to break even once the totals for the month of May come in next month.  

The village will also be hiring a new part-time parking meter attendant who will work mostly 8-hour shifts on Saturdays. The position pays $12 an hour. The board has expressed a desire in the past to utilize increased numbers of parking meters as a source of additional revenue for the village. The Bbard also reported that 294 tickets were issued in the month of April for parking violations.

News

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


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